Monday, 21 December 2009

Happy Christmas

I hope that all of you bloggers and your families out there have a lovely Christmas and that 2010 brings you all that you wish for.

It has been a while since I posted and whilst I haven't managed to be truly creative I have managed to get all my Christmas presents made. These beautiful felt hearts are filled with sweets and were made following a pattern that Linda provided. I had to adapt it to half size as I hadn't got any felt big enough but I still think they look lovely.

In a previous post I was making cones to distribute to all of my shift as we are all working on Christmas day. Jackie was interested in seeing them completed so here is just one of them, filled with chocolates and ready to go. It was a little difficult to photograph as they are all wrapped in cellophane.

I've also received some lovely surprises in the post. Thank you so much to both Ros and Angela

From Ros

From Angela

Throughout the year I have been involved in the Popular Patchwork monthly Journal Quilts. I still have one to go but we are now in the 2010 challenge which is called Square Dance and involves making 10" square mini quilts. The first technique was right up my street as it was printing images onto fabric and I got carried away and made 4!! See my obsession with Red Kites surfacing here?

The Popular Patchwork postcard swap has also been in full swing.

Fireworks from Jan

Toys from Jan

Fireworks from me to Irene

Toys from me to Sue

And finally on the PP front, one of the Forum members is currently having treatment for breast cancer so a group of us made blocks all involving flowers and in her favourite colours. The pattern for this block is from a series called Shabby Roses from Jenny.


After trying to clear the drive yesterday, and having it fill up with snow again ten minutes after I came back in I decided that it was time to make a slip cover for this year's diary (yes I do mean 2009!)



... at least that got me going with the free motion quilting again - nice way to practise and to use up some of the fabric strips that were left over after piecing the kaleidoscope quilt.

I don't normally make New Year resolutions but this year I am going to make an exception and try to do a weekly blog post. I have enjoyed reading everyone else's so much over the past year even if I haven't always commented.

I hope that you all have a truly wonderful Christmas whether you are sewing, chilling out, enjoying being with family or even working. See you in 2010



  1. Merry Christmas! Loved seeing all the goodies. Your red kite quilts are wonderful, what a beautiful bird. Looking forward to reading your blogs in 2010! Happy New Year! Suzan

  2. I love the kite quilts, especially the eye! Look forward to reading your posts in the coming year

  3. I love red kites too, I wish we had them flying around near us but alas not yet.
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  4. Love your Christmas greetings header - thankyou. The Sweet Hearts and Cones are so elegant and all the postcards and other things you received are great, but your Red Kite journal quilts take the prize for me - they are wonderful Maggi.

  5. Christmas wishes to you too Maggi. My goodness me, you have been busy and have made some lovely presents which I am sure will be much appreciated. Look forward to seeing more of your work in 2010.

  6. Hi Maggi,
    Its been lovely getting to know you through the forum and through your beautiful blog. I hope you have a lovely Christmas with your work colleagues and send you my best wishes for 2010. God bless, Ros x

  7. Christmas Wishes to you, too Maggi! Loved seeing all your projects - those Red Kite quilts are absolutely fabulous! Sounds like you are really busy with all your groups. Great job on your journal cover, and I'm looking forward to weekly updates next year.
    Have a great Christmas, and all the best in 2010

  8. Merry Christmas Meggi.
    Your 2009 is full of wonderful works and your 2010 will be too.
    ciao ciao a big kiss with all my heart.
    ciao ciao

  9. Merry Christmas, Maggi! And thanks for sharing all the goodies! I am determined that next year I will make some of those wonderful cones!

  10. Love the series of Red Kite quilts.

    Nadolig Llawen from Wales

    Love and hugs Gina xxx

  11. Wow! Absolutely stunning Red Kite quilt squares! I love these beautiful birds too.

    Have a lovely Christmas and the very best wishes for everything you wish for in 2010.

  12. What a lovely inspiring post Maggi. Your red kite squares are stunning .... I saw some of those fabulous birds for the first time ever at my sister's in Oxfordshire this summer. They were large numbers of them flying over her house every day (I was very jealous).
    The photo on your blog banner is stunning.
    Love Linda
    PS I hope you manage to keep your NY resolution!

  13. You have been busy! Have a lovely Christmas x

  14. Merry Christmas and enjoy all of your plans!

  15. Hi Maggi

    Belated Christmas greetings. I hope you had a pleasant day, even if you had to work. You produce so much beautiful work. I'm hoping to make more progress on some of my work in the next few weeks.

    I've always thought a White Christmas would be magical but having to shovel the snow doesn't sound like much fun. We were very pleased to have a wet Christmas this year. We've had good gentle soaking rain for 2 days and it's still coming.

  16. Hi Maggi, I had fun going through your blog. I love the series of red kite. They are absolute stunning.

  17. It's always lovely to see everyone's work and different styles. Everything is beautiful and you are very lucky and deserving!

    Love and blessings for 2010
    Carolyn x

  18. I hope you had a Merry Christmas Maggi! Love you mini quilts! I plan to read your blog every time you write! Hugs Donna


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